Music Ministry

The music ministry at St. Joseph Parish offers many opportunities for those who love to sing, praise God, share their gifts, and enjoy the fellowship of so many wonderful musicians. All the different groups within the ministry serve at weekend liturgies and special services on a scheduled, rotating basis. Each particular group has its own rehearsal schedule during the week and welcomes new members at any time. 

The role of “cantor” is an extremely important role in all liturgical experiences.  This music minister is more than just a leader of song. The cantor is the “proclaimer:” of the psalms as well as the gospel acclamation and litanies. The cantor should be an instrument of hospitality, responsible, confident and invitational, prayerful and pastoral, as well as being an accomplished vocalist. Vocal training and sight-reading capabilities are a definite plus as well as a joyful heart and willing spirit.

Adult Choir:  The Adult Choir welcomes all adults and high-school upperclassmen who have the desire to share their musical gifts with the St. Joseph community.  There are no auditions and new members are always welcome at any time throughout the year.  Although this group continues to sing throughout the summer, weekly rehearsals run only from September to June.  If you love to sing, make wonderful new friends, and have fun, this is the group for you!

Funeral Choir:  The funeral choir is a special group of music ministers who love to sing but are not required to commit to weekly rehearsals. This extremely important ministry is a wonderful way to not only praise God through sung prayer, but to also serve this community during a time of great need. The choir members have the wonderful opportunity to help support the bereaved families through their presence, prayers and music. No auditions are required but members do need to be available on short notice.  

Ensembles:  St. Joseph’s music ministry has several ensembles of varying musical styles that also welcome and encourage new members. These groups have openings for many different types of instrumentalists and vocalists and welcome all different age groups. Music selections are typically performed in a more contemporary style but do range from traditional to contemporary depending on the liturgy. 

Accompanists and Instrumentalists: The music ministry is always looking for accomplished pianists, organists, guitarists and other instrumentalists to help lead song at liturgy. These musicians must demonstrate strong skills in accompanying and sight-reading, as well as having a strong knowledge of the flow of the liturgy, and the role of music minister at mass. The musician should also be able to lead rehearsals with the vocalists as well as being able to introduce and teach new music to the assembly.

For more information, please contact the Music Ministry Office, 815-939-3573.